Community Memorial Hospital launches Robotic Surgery Program

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HAMILTON — Community Memorial Hospital has launched its new Robotic Surgery Program through a partnership with Hamilton Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine with the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution.

Dr. Richelle Takemoto of Hamilton Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine performed the first robotic joint surgery mid-February with the CMH Surgical Team.

After extensive training and certification from DePuy on the Velys Robotic solution, the surgical team at CMH assisted Dr. Takemoto in launching the robotic technology in the operating room. Community Memorial is the second hospital in New York State to implement this new advanced technology.

“The Robotic Surgery Program brings advanced technology into our operating room, providing patients with advanced technology and our same five-star caring service,” said Jeff Coakley, president and CEO. “We are proud to partner with Hamilton Orthopaedics for the Robotic Surgery Program. With thousands of successful knee replacemnets provided by our skilled surgeons this gives patients one more reason to have their surgery at Community Memorial.”

Takemoto is excited to expand the program at Community Memorial. As the first female surgeon to use this innovative technology, she said she understands the benefits of robotics technology to patients.

“The robotic technology provides me with greater precision on a cut. I can determine a measurement down the millimeter,” said Takemoto. “This means increased stability and reduction in pain for patients, providing them with a better range of motion and preventing the unstable feeling some patients experience during everyday activities, such as bending and walking up and down stairs.”

Every knee is different, as is every patient that requires a knee replacement procedure. The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution works in tandem with the ATTUNE Knee System, a knee implant that works more closely with an individual patient’s anatomy.

Community Memorial Hospital officials said with these systems together, there is now an option for patients seeking the latest technology designed to provide digital precision in knee replacement.

“The entire surgical process is improved, from start to finish,” said Warren Perry, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Community Memorial. “This equipment simplifies joint replacement surgery, and the true winner is the patient; optimal results, faster recovery times and fewer complications.”

Consistently recognized by Healthgrades with the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, most recently in 2021 for superior clinical outcomes in knee and hip replacements, Community Memorial officials said the Hospital strives to be the area’s leading organization for orthopedic surgery.

For more information, go online to communitymemorial.org/services/orthopedics or call the Hamilton Orthopaedics office at 315-824-1250.

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